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      Molina lifts Cardinals over slumping Royals


      KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Yadier Molina homered and drove in four runs to help the St. Louis Cardinals beat the slumping Kansas City Royals 6-3 on Monday.


      Molina hit a two-run homer in the first, doubled home a run in the third and his sacrifice fly in the fourth scored Pete Kozma.


      While the Cardinals own the best road record, 19-9, in the majors, the Royals dropped their ninth straight home game -- one shy of the franchise record set last year.


      The anticipated pitcher's duel between Adam Wanwright and James Shields failed to materialize.


      Wainwright (7-3), who had given up 12 hits in 22 1-3 innings in his previous three starts, allowed 12 hits, the most he has allowed in a game since Sept. 14, 2010 against the Chicago Cubs.


      Shields (2-6) yielded nine hits and season-highs of six runs and five walks in six innings to lose his fourth straight start.

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